Most who will purchase the new Janome 12000 will own a computer, and whether laptop or desktop, it will be essential that they have the ability to connect their Janome 12000 to the computer. The reason for this is to utilize the new HorizonLink program.
HorizonLink offers Janome 12000 owners a number of great functions. What I like most about HorizonLink is the Stitch Composer Tool that enables you to create new stitch patterns, and the ability to combine stitches together while on a computer. And if that isn’t enough for you, Janome’s HorizonLink will add additional stitches to already formed decorative stitches within the software, and finally to send the entire combined stitch pattern to the Janome 12000. Your stitches are only limited by your creativity!
Stitch Composer will also let you, the designer, create your own decorative stitches/alphabets for quilting and embellishing. Your custom design patterns may be combined with the decorative stitches and/or any of the ten (10) alphabets from HorizonLink for unique pattern combinations. As soon as the stitch pattern is sent from the computer to the machine, the stitch pattern appears on the Janome 12000’s screen. The new 9mm stitch width capability of the 12000, enables you to create awesome results with stitch patterns.
New stitch patterns may be modified by using a “shift” to insert characters (patterns) into the pattern with or without inserting space within the stitch pattern, then saved on either, or both, the machine and computer. With Stitch Composer, you have the ability to save up to thirty (30) stitch combinations on the Janome 12000.
HorizonLink also provides you with the ability to import your own photos into the screen saver feature of your machine, with up to six (6) of your own photos. You also have the ability to determine the length of time each photo is displayed. The timing can be set from 2 to 30 seconds.
HorizonLink offers a 12000 Help Movie, to aid you with basic operating functions such as: winding the bobbin, threading the machine, threading the needle, embroidery settings, buttonhole sewings with the Stabilizer Plate (standard with the Janome 12000,) replacing the needle, attaching the new dual feed holder, replacing the needle plate, and connecting to the PC. Yes, there will be a standard owner’s manual, but having the help movies is so much more modern!
When you receive your Janome 12000 and HorizonLink, it is paramount that before installing the HorizonLink that you update your computer’s operating system. As long as you are connected to the Internet, this is done easily through the control panel. Janome’s software, HorizonLink and MBX-4 have specific (albeit minimal,) computer requirements (2 GB RAM, 64-bit O/S.) Just about any new computer that runs Windows will work.
For Mac owners, you will need to use your Mac’s boot camp (dual boot environment), or run virtualization software, like Parallels, in order to use the new software in a Windows environment. We’ve helped set up Windows software on Macs using both of these methods. Boot Camp would be the preferred method, because when running Windows in a virtual environment, it shares RAM and the CPU with the host operating system.
Keep in mind that when you purchase your Janome 12000 and software at Temecula Valley Sewing Center, we will do our best to help you install the software on your computer if you require assistance. Due to the nature of computers, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do it without Janome’s assistance, and there may be times existing hardware or software problems within your computer make it impossible for us to install the HorizonLink or MBX-4 software. If you need a new computer, Brian has been known to go shopping with customers to assist them with selecting an adequate computer.
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